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Monongahela Valley Hospital Offers Easy Disposal for Unused Drugs April 27


(April 4, 2013 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

Monongahela Valley Hospital staff and Carroll Township Police will work together on the 6th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, a convenient and safe way for residents to remove unused drugs from their medicine cabinets on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event will be held outside at the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center’s (AML ECC) circular driveway.

Residents don’t even have to get out of their cars or pay to park; they just drive around the circle (at the AML ECC), hand their old meds to the officers through their windows, and drive away,” said Louis J. Panza Jr., president and CEO of MVH. “We work very well with Carroll Township police and are very proud to collaborate on this national event.”

“This is the perfect way for grandmas and grandpas and those with little ones to make sure that unused pills — that may look like candy to small children — are removed from drawers and shelves and bathrooms and kitchens,” said Paul Brand, Carroll Township Chief of Police. “There are times when we start a prescription and after a while, our doctor will tell us we can stop or we need to try something else; those extras need to be removed from homes.”

Before visiting the collection site on April 27, participants should remove any personal information from the bottles or packages of expired, unwanted or unused controlled, non-controlled or over-the-counter medications.

Donors remain anonymous and police will not request identification.

Sharps and syringes will not be accepted due to the potential hazard posed by blood-borne diseases. Liquid products and creams in their containers will be accepted.

Afterwards, law enforcement officers will then seal and weigh boxes containing the collected medicine and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will safely dispose of the items.

In September 2012, at more than 5,263 locations, the DEA collected 488,395 pounds — or 244 tons — of prescription medications and over the short life of the program, more than 2 million pounds (1,018 tons) of prescription medications were removed from circulation.

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